Keeping the weeks of Advent is one way to keep Christ in Christmas. The school Christmas program may not include hymns that mention the birth of Jesus and local city ordinances may prohibit a public display of a live nativity. Maybe these are things you can do something about, maybe not. What we can and should do is read the scriptures and sing the hymns in our homes and in our churches that put the focus of Christmas squarely where it belongs. It is ultimately my responsibility to make sure that my child learns about the true meaning of Christmas and not the public school system, Charlie Brown, the Hallmark Channel or other thing. Advent is a season of preparation that gets us ready to celebrate the incarnation. Read more here if Advent is new to you or something you might be interested in learning more about.
Committed to His Mission is tomorrow’s Bible Studies for Life lesson. This is the second week I have provided commentary for The Christian Index. Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent and for Southern Baptists we are about to begin our annual emphasis on international missions. I’m an SBC pastor, Lottie Moon may come up in the discussion. Click here to read more via The Christian Index.
Our tree is up and decorated, the day after Thanksgiving as it should be. Can you see the magnolia leaves outside the dining room window? It is short sleeve weather here in Georgia but I have seen a white Christmas in my lifetime. We had a surprise 3 or 4 inches of snow on December 10th just a couple of years ago. It’s probably not happening this year but it has happened.
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are back as Santa and Mrs. Claus in The Christmas Chronicles 2. We enjoyed the Netflix original two years ago and this new sequel features more Mrs. Claus and provides this particular iteration of Santa’s backstory. To their credit they flashback to the 300’s when St. Nicholas was a bishop in Turkey and he is shown putting candy and fruit in children’s shoes. We did not find this movie to be a weak attempt at producing an unworthy sequel. Christmas Chronicles 2 is fun for the whole family just don’t take it too seriously. Both movies are available on Netflix.
Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a philanthropic effort usually associated with social media. If you feel so inclined, I’m asking my followers on social media to support Vision Rehabilitations Services (VRS) of Smyrna, GA. VRS is a non-profit organization that offers training and technology support to blind and low vision clients that are re-entering the workforce or wish to regain independence. I can attest they are good people and do good work. Click here to learn more about my fundraiser. If you want to learn more about VRS or support them outside of Facebook, send me a message or email and I will put you in touch with the right people.
I’ve had a lazy week and ate too much, par for the course I guess. We did a small Thanksgiving with only a couple of guests and a to-go plate drop off for my mother. I’ve missed posting a Michael Spencer podcast for the second week in a row. Sorry about that. I think iMonk Radio is going to be shifting to Tuesday or Wednesday due to some scheduling conflicts on my part. I guess that does it for this week. Suggestions for a clever sign off are welcome.